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Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

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AMD Catalyst Beta Driver

AMD now offers a new Catalyst version 14.9.2 Windows beta driver for AMD/ATI graphics cards, indicating this is recommended to play Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, the just-released strategy sequel (thanks AnandTech). Word is: "This driver enables AMD Radeon™ GPUs with the Graphics Core Next architecture to take advantage of the ultra-efficient Mantle API support featured in Sid Meier's Civilization®: Beyond Earth™!" That said, this is still a beta, and are explicitly offered "as is."

Steamships Ahoy - Ziggurat

This post announces the release of Ziggurat on Steam, a dungeon-crawling first-person shooter that's now officially out of early access and available for Windows, OS X, and Linux (if the name is somewhat familiar, you are probably a historian or an old school QUAKE player). Here's the news:

Ziggurat has finished its Early Access period and can be purchased at a discounted price for the next week.

It's also available on the Humble Store, in case you prefer it that way.

We're working into giving players who purchased the game in Early Access a gift for your support, in the form of a free game.

Don't forget to comment on the forums your impressions, as we plan on adding more content and updates to the game in the near future :)

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition Demo

Steam now offers a playable demo for Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition, the recently released remake of Jane Jensen's classic adventure game (thanks Frans). Demo releases on Steam traditionally come with no details, and this one is no exception, so here's the overview of the entire game:

Experience one of adventure gaming’s most stunning masterpieces all over again in this blockbuster retelling of the award-winning 1993 murder-mystery, which adds all-new puzzles, scenes, and HD graphics!

Blending the best of yesterday and today, it re-imagines the 1993 original, voted one of the greatest games of all time, for an entirely new generation of fans. As struggling author and bookstore owner Gabriel Knight, players will investigate a series of savage ritual killings in New Orleans and their connection to voodoo’s sinister mysteries.

Candlelight Demo

A Steam Greenlight campaign is now underway for Candlelight, a puzzle/platformer from Pixel Maverick Games. To help gamers decide whether to throw their support behind this project they have also released a playable demo which uses the Unity web player as well as a new video showing off gameplay. Word is: "After a mysterious force extinguishes all light, a lone surviving candle sets out on a most important adventure to bring light back to the land. Candlelight is a 2D platform/puzzle game that puts you in control of the last source of light in the land... a lone, scared, but brave candle. Guide the last surviving candle on a journey to restore light in a land that is filled with many natural and unnatural dangers." Continue here to read the full story.

Mythos: The Beginning Trailer

This trailer shows off Mythos: The Beginning, an upcoming survival/horror game with a Lovecraftian 1930s pulp setting. Flagship Studios was working on an MMOG named Mythos when they closed, which lead to Runic's Torchlight series as well as a game called Mythos released by Korean publisher HanbitSoft, but this seems to have no association with that property, and at this time there's no sign of a dispute over the title. They announce the game is now available, but they are a bit ahead of themselves, as Steam indicates this will be released on Monday. Here's word:

Mythos: The Beginning is a survival horror/adventure role playing game based on the pulp-horror and monster movies of the 1930s. Set in London in 1934, Mythos tasks you with creating your own paranormal investigator from scratch and guiding them through a frightening exploration of the infamous Harborough Asylum. Three young university students have vanished while attempting to conduct a scientific survey of this dreaded place, and it's up to you to find them! Throughout the night you'll discover that Harborough Asylum's reputation is more than an urban legend, and you'll have to fight for your life against otherworldly Lovecraftian foes.

Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

It's pretty nice around here after a cold rainy week. With winter on the way I definitely want to enjoy some of this, and the flag will remain flying high over Manstovia for another weekend at the very least.

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Friday, Oct 24, 2014

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Demo

The Steam page for Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth now offers the playable demo for the just-released turn-based strategy game. Details on the demo are not provided, so here's the overview of the game itself:

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award winning Civilization series. As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, lead your people into a new frontier, explore and colonize an alien planet and create a new civilization in space.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Trailer

The opening cinematic from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is now available to heighten anticipation for the upcoming release of the RPG sequel from CD Projekt RED. Word is: "Foreshadowing the story of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, The Trail Opening Cinematic is an epic sneak peek into the adventure that awaits gamers in Wild Hunt. See witchers Geralt of Rivia and his mentor Vesemir pursue Geralt’s long lost love, the immensely powerful, raven-black-haired sorceress -- Yennefer of Vengerberg." Continue here to read the full story.

Project CARS Halloween Trailer

A new video from Project CARS looks to put the fear of Halloween into potential drivers in Slightly Mad Studios' upcoming racing game by showing the spookiness of driving at night. Here's the story: "To celebrate the Halloween season, enjoy a thrilling ride in a dark and scary atmosphere of night racing. The Halloween trailer exemplifies Slightly Mad Studios’ approach that everything they put into Project CARS not only has to look absolutely stunning but must add additional gameplay." Continue here to read the full story.

Golden Joystick Winners

CVG announces the winners of the 2014 Golden Joystick awards, which they call "the people's awards," though most them carry individual corporate sponsorships. Along the way Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima picked up a Lifetime Achievement award. Here's the full list of winners:

Best Original Game in association with Digital Spy

Best Online Game in association with PC Gamer
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Best Storytelling
The Last of Us: Left Behind

Best Visual Design
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Best Audio in association with PDP
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Playfire Most Played Game of the Year

Best Multiplayer in association with Absolute Radio
Battlefield 4

Best Indie Game in association with Official X-Box Magazine

Innovation of the Year in association with T3
Oculus Rift DK2

Best Gaming Moment in association with Sony Xperia Z3
The Last of Us: Left Behind - "The kiss"

Best Handheld Game
Pokemon X & Y

Best Mobile Game in association with Kiss FM
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Most Wanted in association with The Sun
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

Gaming Personality of the Year in association with Kotaku UK

Studio of the Year in association with CVG
Ubisoft Montreal

Gaming Platform of the Year in association with GamesRadar

Lifetime Achievement
Hideo Kojima

Game of the Year in association with Green Man Gaming
Dark Souls II

Hardland Early Access

Steam now offers early access to Hardland, a stylized open-world action/adventure inspired by Ultima and Betrayal at Krondor that was greenlit for release on the platform after just four days. Word is: "In this game, there are no artificial limits or a story arc that forces you to making certain 'choices.' In this game you can put on a chicken mask and lead an army of chickens. If you want to. In this game the Goblin King will throw ham at you. If he wants to." Here's an early access gameplay trailer. Continue here to read the full story.

Dead Island: GOTY for Linux/SteamOS

Steam News announces the release of the Linux and SteamOS editions of Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition. Word is: "Terror. Violence. Madness. Bedlam. A holiday paradise gone mad. A tropical island turns into total chaos after a mysterious zombie outbreak. Cut off from the rest of the world, the player’s only chance to survive is to fight to the death and find a way to escape from the island." No penguins were harmed in the making of this message.

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Into the Black

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released

2K Games announces the release of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, a new sci-fi installment in the turn-based strategy series. Here's word on the game:

2K and Firaxis Games today announced the award-winning* Sid Meier’s Civilization®: Beyond Earth™ is available now worldwide for Windows PC. In Civilization: Beyond Earth players lead an expedition from Earth to a new frontier, enabling them to explore and successfully colonize an alien planet. The game’s storyline ventures into uncharted territory for the franchise as the game propels the evolution of human civilization into the future. Civilization: Beyond Earth will also be available for players on Mac and Linux by Aspyr Media this holiday season.

“The game challenges players to make interesting and fun decisions bringing together future science, technologies and ideologies as you explore mankind’s future on an alien planet.”

“Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction themed entry to the critically-acclaimed Civilization series,” said Christoph Hartmann, President of 2K. “Civilization: Beyond Earth showcases Firaxis Games’ commitment to creating high quality strategy games, and challenges players to colonize an alien planet through an intellectually challenging and visually appealing gaming experience.”

“Unlike its predecessors, players are no longer bound by historical context in Civilization: Beyond Earth,” said Sid Meier, Director of Creative Development at Firaxis Games. “The game challenges players to make interesting and fun decisions bringing together future science, technologies and ideologies as you explore mankind’s future on an alien planet.”

In Civilization: Beyond Earth players lead factions divided by contrasting cultures and philosophies, while simultaneously advancing their own leaders, cities and units to reflect their personal choices and style of play. Through an array of new gameplay systems, including nonlinear technological progression and a new virtues tree, there are countless opportunities for players to change the very identity of their faction and the world around them.

Outlast 2 Plans Revealed

An interview with developer Red Barrels on Bloody Disgusting reveals development of Outlast 2, a sequel to their survival/horror game (thanks CVG). Part of the conversation covers how the game's success came after the console ports were released, but it's not stated whether this means they are skipping the PC this time around. Here's the skinny:

It’s important for us to be passionate about whatever we’re working on, because we believe it’s the only way to achieve quality.

After shipping the XB1 version of Outlast, we took some time to analyze our situation and we quickly realized we had at least another horror game in us.

So, yes, we are working on Outlast 2.

The game will be a survival horror experience and it will take place in the same universe as Outlast, but it will have different characters and a different setting. We might go back to Mount Massive Asylum one day, but for now we have new ideas and themes we’d like to explore and we think we’re cooking up something special.

We’re still a small indie studio (12 people), so we’ll need a little bit of time to ship our next game, but hopefully it will be worth it.

Toybox Turbos Announced for Next Month

Codemasters announces Toybox Turbos, a miniature car racing simulation coming to Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on November 12th. There's a Super Awesome Announce Trailer on the game's official website showing what to expect. Here's the scoop:

Featuring gameplay that reflects Codemasters’ fondly remembered miniature racing titles of the ‘90s, Toybox Turbos delivers a pick-up-and-play arcade racing extravaganza as gamers take a nostalgic tour of 18 obstacle and short-cut filled circuits inspired by childhood locations. Players will speed past spilt sticky jam on the kitchen table, dodge flaming Bunsen burners as they take their opponents back to school and zip past the runaway train in races around a railway set and more. Gamers can see Toybox Turbos in action in a new gameplay video which is now playing at www.toyboxturbos.com.

Bursting with classic retro racing fun, Toybox Turbos includes four-player local and online multiplayer options, perfect for turning friends into foes with one-more-go gaming sessions that race into the night. Whether playing locally or online, or with a mix, Toybox Turbos brings alive the glory days of multiplayer score-settling competition with rapid-fire rounds designed for all-action racing.

Toybox Turbos features 35 vehicles to collect and customise, ranging from sports cars and dragsters to emergency vehicles, taxis, ice cream vans, construction vehicles, milk float, moon buggies and more! Each can be raced in six super-charged game modes; players sprint for the line in Classic Races, set their best time in Time Trial, pass as many turbocharged toys as possible in Overtake, avoid getting wiped out by the tide in Escape, beat the clock in Countdown and take down bosses in Elimination mode. To gain the advantage, gamers can collect and use a range of power-ups spread liberally around each circuit, including, but not limited to, machine guns, mines, electronic pulses and, of course, giant hammers!

Continue here to read the full story.

TERA Fate of Arun Expansion Announced

En Masse Entertainment announces Fate of Arun will be the first expansion for TERA, adding a new continent to their MMORPG. A new trailer celebrates the news with concept art, making this seem far off, which it may be, as they don't mention a release date. "It’s been an incredible two years since TERA first launched in North America," said En Masse Entertainment Producer Patrick 'Treeshark' Sun. "Fate of Arun will be, without a doubt, the biggest addition to the world of TERA new and returning players have ever seen – and we’re excited to reveal more details in the upcoming weeks." Here's more: "Fate of Arun represents the first and biggest expansion for TERA to date, featuring a new level cap of 65 and the lands of Northern Arun to explore through a brand-new storyline, new quests, zones, dungeons, skills, gear and a new PvP battleground, in addition to vast systematic improvements to the gameplay experience." Continue here to read the full story.

World of Warcraft AU Servers Planned

Australian Servers and FAQ for World of Warcraft is an announcement from Blizzard that they are finally launching servers in Australia for the MMORPG, allowing players down under to enjoy local server which are actually local, offering reduced latency for players in Australia and New Zealand playing on Oceanic realms (thanks Ryan). Here's what to expect:

We are pleased to announce that the upcoming deployment of Australian World of Warcraft game servers ahead of the games next expansion, Warlords of Draenor. This new infrastructure will support Australia and New Zealand and should provide a significant smoother gameplay experience for player in the region.

Players currently on an Oceanic realm—Barthilas, Frostmourne, Thaurissan, Saurfang, Caelestrasz, Jubei'Thos, Khaz'goroth, Aman'Thul, Nagrand, Dath'Remar, Dreadmaul, and Gundrak—should automatically experience improved latency once the new game servers go live. To help those currently adventuring on North American realms, such as Blackrock and Proudmoore, optional free character and guild master realm transfers will be offered for a limited time.

Far Cry 4 Welcome to Kyrat Trailer, Part Two

This trailer (NSFW) from Far Cry 4 is part two of their "Welcome to Kyrat" series, introducing the flora, fauna, weapons, and bare boobies in Ubisoft's upcoming first-person shooter sequel. Word is: "Today, Ubisoft released a new trailer which takes viewers on a visual tour of Kyrat’s dangerous midland and Himalayan regions. The trailer provides a glimpse into Kyrat’s vast forests, where its booming drug trade, exotic animals, brutal blood sports and the deadly Arena competition is prevalent. Viewers will also get a look into Kyrat’s snow covered Himalayan peaks. From the Royal Army’s elites, ravenous wolves and tigers, and avalanches, every moment is a near-death experience." Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

My problem installing the new drivers for my video card worked out easily enough, as in my next attempt to get them going I chose the clean install option, which took care of things nicely. I don't really have any settings I'm attached to, so maybe I'll just always choose that option going forward. Anyway, as you well know driver issues can be nightmarish, so I'm extremely happy it didn't turn out to be one of those situations.

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